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Protest against Delhi government ‘inaction’ on starvation deaths

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Hundreds of people from across the capital gathered at Delhi Secretariat on Friday to protest the “inaction” of Delhi government to form rules which would prevent deaths from starvation.

The protesters, led by the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) NGO, held posters showing photographs of the three minor girls who died due to non-availability of food in east Delhi’s Mandawali neighbourhood.

Anjali Bhardwaj of the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA) said that the state government is responsible to conduct social audits and establish a “state food commission” so that all anganwadis and ration shops could be monitored.

Protest at Delhi secretariat. One month ago, 3 girls died of starvation in Mandawali- no action by Delhi govt till now to prevent such deaths. No Rules for Food Security Act, no Food Commission, no social audits. Now 2.4 lakh ration cards cancelled without proper verification.

“Under the National Food Security Act, the Delhi government is responsible to form a state food commission which would cover issues like non-availability of food, improper ration shops and people not getting ration cards,” Bhardwaj, an advisor to the NGO told IANS.

But, she said, the government has not done anything to prevent deaths by starvation. “There are no rules under the food security act, no food commission, no social audits and on top of that, 2.9 lakh ration cards have been cancelled without proper verification,” she added.

The NGO also conducted a survey of 56 families in Mandawali on August 20 this year.

The survey revealed that 93 per cent of families in the area does not have ration cards, 41 per cent families say they are unable to afford adequate food and a family of seven said on many days they survive by only drinking black tea.

Bhardwaj said that the main reason these families did not have a ration card was that they “did not have the required documents or were not aware of the procedures.”

“This situation could have been avoided if the government had conducted any social audit,” she said.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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Prank call made at Kerjiwal’s residence

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New Delhi, Jan 21 : Delhi Police have registered a complaint against an unknown caller who on Monday called up Delhi Chief Minister’s residence, saying that a man named ‘Bholo’ was planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal, said a police officer.

An attendant received a call on a land line number at Arvind Kejriwal residence in north Delhi around 11.30 a.m. on Monday.

“The caller did not disclose his identity and said he was calling from Vikaspuri area of west Delhi. He further said that he wants to alert the security staff of the Chief Minister that a man named ‘Bhola’ is planning to attack Arvind Kejriwal,” Delhi Police Additional PRO, Anil Mittal said.

“We have registered a case against the unknown man on the complaint of Personal Security Officer of Arvind Kejriwal. Prima facie it appeared to be a prank call,” Mittal said.

“The cyber cell and intelligence wing of Delhi Police are investigating the case to identify the caller,” the officer added.

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